Foryd De Force!

Ask Project Manager Fiona Davies about the role and services offered by Foryd Community Hub in Rhyl, and it is worth being prepared for a very long answer!

‘We are here to offer help to everyone from the local community and visitors’, is the tagline at the top of the organisation’s website.

Dig a little deeper and it is clear that the Foryd Community Hub does so much more than that.

Theirs is a such a wide and varied remit that pretty much covers every area of the local community, making the hub the deserved recipients of three years of funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation to employ a Volunteer Co-ordinator.

But back then to the services that are offered, and over to Fiona.

“It is a general service we offer to the community and a lot of it is linked to money in the form of advice on benefits and welfare,” she explains.

“We have two energy champions who help people maybe switch suppliers or try and make a saving.

“We also do a lot of work helping people into employment by helping with CV’s and job applications, and we have our own mini job centre where people can upload their CVs and look for jobs.

“We also focus on digital inclusion, and we offer free access to a computer suite and free WIFI for the general public to use.

“Then there is community transport for people over 55 or people with any disabilities, two lunch clubs per week for older people and one for people with disabilities, and a food bank.

“We also do a lot of work with getting people into Universal Credit and Universal Job Match….it is hard to sum up everything really!”

Indeed so, and there has been an incredible growth to the charity which was formed as a residents group in 2007, and then expanded after Community First left the area and the Hub moved to its current site in 2011.

There are now 6,000 people using the centre every year, and 2,000 using the charity’s Community Café.

The amount of responsibility falling onto Fiona’s shoulders has increased substantially as the charity has grown, and the necessity to apply for more and more funding has prompted the need for additional help.

Regular and invaluable help comes from a group of approximately 45 regular volunteers who do some sterling work, and it is in organising and supporting those volunteers that the new role funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation will be so crucial.

“We are only a small organisation, and at the present time we need to be concentrating on funding and raising finances to help promote the charity for us to keep going,” says Fiona.

“Our volunteers are so vital for us – we rely on them – and we need to make sure that they are getting the attention they deserve to fulfil our programme.

“We need someone there to organise training and support sessions, plan rotas, and just make sure it is all done properly so that they can carry out the vital work which they do.

“We also work with the Working Links and People Plus organisations and take volunteers from there, and offer work experience opportunities, including from local schools.

“Pretty much everyone who works here has started off as a volunteer – sometimes it comes full circle – and that is the way we like to do it where we can get to know people first.

“So this new role will be really useful for us and will make a real difference for which we are hugely appreciative.”



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